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10+ Tips to Optimize Google Places For Best Results

Before I start my today’s article, let me give you a brief introduction about Google Places. According to Google, Google Places is to create your free listing.When potential customers search Maps for local information, they’ll find your business: your address, hours of operation, even photos of your storefront or products. It’s easy, free, and you don’t need a website of your own. It helps to grow your business online – especially if your business has a blog.  So, in my today’ article I am going to give you few tips on how to optimize Google Places. Lets start:

1. Get Verified : In order to get your Google Places listing on Google SERPs you need to verify your listing. Verification can be done through Phone SMS, Phone Call or through mail. If you select any of the method, Google will send you a pin code, you will have to enter the pin in your Google Places account. I recommend you the Phone SMS method as it is very quick and easy.

2. Build citations : Before you start listing your business on Google Places, I recommend to first build citations. When you put your business address and phone number in your listings Google searches for that address on other websites and if you have build a strong citations on web then Google will put your website on top. The rankings of Google places depends upon trust, to build trust citations are must. You can send out press releases to build strong citations.

3. Do not use your primary keyword in the business name : When you fill in the Google listing page, never use your primary keyword in the business/company name. Have a look

4. Use local phone number :
While putting the phone number in Google listings, do not ever use a toll free number, in order to get high rankings in Google, always use a local phone number related to your address.

5. Use the same address and phone number in your website : It is recommend that you use the same address, pin code and phone number in the website contact page or any page in your website that you use in Google Places.

6. Reviews : Reviews are very important factor in Google Places rankings, it is must that you ask your clients to review your business on Google. Ask them to write a detailed review.  If they are already reading your blog, do not be bashful about asking people to share their experiences. The more good ratings you will get, the more good rankings you will get. Always remember that ask your clients to write a detailed review and the review should not be of 1-2 lines. Ask them to use your primary keyword in the review.

7. Images : Google places gives you options to add up to 10 images. There are few things to note before uploading the image:

  • The first image should be your logo with extension jpeg or png and size 290 x 290 pixels.
  • The name of the all the images you upload should be your primary and secondary keywords. So, if you 10 images, you can use upto 10 keywords.
  • Always remember that Google by default chooses the first uploaded image and displays it in Google SERPs, so I recommend to use your logo as first image.

8. Get star ratings on Google SERPs : It requires minimum of 5+ reviews for Google to display star ratings. So, get at least 5 reviews as quickly as possible so that Google shows up the star ratings.
9. Also get reviews from : It is highly recommend that you also get reviews from following 7 websites. Google also checks these websites while rankings Google Places listing.

  • Yahoo
  • City Search
  • Insider Pages
  • Service Magic
  • AVVO
  • Angie‟s List
  • Judy‟s Book

10. Categories : While listing your business in Google Places never use keywords in the category. Always choose the best category that suits your business and never use keywords.

11. Get links from related places : Let me explain this point with an example. I give SEO Training in Chandigarh. When you search for this keyword on Google, you will see 4 websites listed that shows up Google star ratings or that have listed their business on Google Places, have a look

The website having 6 reviews i.e CreativeBloggingIdeas is mine and is on the 5th number. In order to get the fifth position what I did is, I opened the review page of the website above me and started getting links from the sites where he was getting.

Now, if you open review page of your competotor, at the bottom you will see a box titled “More about this place”. Now, in order to get top rank you must get links from those websites that appears in this box. I also did the same thing and within 2-3 weeks I have gained top 5th positing in Google for the keyword SEO Training in Chandigarh.

So, these were few Google Places Optimization tips you must follow in order to get good rankings.

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  1. Hemden says: 7/23/2011

    Thanks for the usefully Informations and Tips!

    Regards from Germany

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  3. Anonymous says: 7/29/2011

    Is it possible to have a Google Places business presence with out the option of customers posting reviews?

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  4. MintTwist Dubai says: 8/1/2011

    hi,nice post..i implemented your point.but your 11 point..is easy to understand but practically i cant do this..simply my question is that..where is “More about this place” plz help..i also take lots of time to search this words.but not found!!

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  6. Anonymous says: 8/7/2011

    For google the local businesses are increasingly important
    because the international network is saturated that is why an optimal
    information on our google account places as language and location help us
    improve our online business.

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  7. Jose - biografias says: 8/7/2011

    For google the local businesses are increasingly important
    because the international network is saturated that is why an optimal
    information on our google account places as language and location help us
    improve our online business.

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  8. Anonymous says: 8/11/2011

    Nice post.Thanks

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  9. Acresno1 says: 8/16/2011

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  10. GURBA, JR RONALD says: 8/27/2011

    THIS post is the ONLY one I could find about moving up the Google Places ranking.  I can’t get back the half-day I spent looking for an answer to such an IMPORTANT question!  When you do SEO successfully, you look at everything from an SEO perspective.  Why isn’t info about Google Places in an easy to follow format on Google?  
    Every point you make is valid, and time-consuming, but very relevant to get more site visits, which will lead to more sales.  Yes, yes, it is a numbers game.
    Thank you.

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  11. GURBA, JR RONALD says: 8/27/2011

    Here you go:  Web Design New Orleans  You have a PR 5 page.  Don’t you think that great comments should be rewarded…FOR BEST RESULTS…with a follow tag?

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  12. GURBA, JR RONALD says: 8/27/2011

    Here you go:  Web Design New Orleans  You have a PR 5 page.  Don’t you think that great comments should be rewarded…FOR BEST RESULTS…with a follow tag?

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  13. mainsail says: 10/20/2011

    Here is an issue that I had whilst is establishing on Google Places, when verifying the information after the “submit”, The only option that they would give me was to post a card in two or three weeks to our address with the verification code? This is awfully time-consuming and surely the SMS or a phone call to the telephone number listed would be far more appropriate, however, those latter two options are just not there?

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  14. minijuegos ) says: 11/24/2011

    Really liked the post. The lists are highly valued by Google and if it is SEO issues, much more. To position a website really there is no trick that work, perseverance and work again …. It is important to get some quality links to give credibility and google, bing, yahoo or any search engines consider your site as important.

    Good post! Greetings.

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  15. Amit says: 11/30/2011

    Was not aware bout the 9th point :)

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  17. tomch says: 4/18/2012

    Do you do Google Placement? If so how much?

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  18. Tim Chacko says: 4/18/2012

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  19. Mazhar Shahzad says: 6/20/2012

    I dont understand your 9 point Also get reviews from? rest then useful information for google places map optimization

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  22. Mark P says: 9/26/2012

    Hey there this is an awesome post thanks so much… I now have some great ideas to better my places page…

    Quick question for you… when I first claimed my page there were already 2 pictures of individuals on it… I now verified my ownership of the page and have my new images uploaded and indexed but it still shows the 2 images of the other people that were there before it was claimed… these images dont show up in my admin area so I cant delete them… any ideas on how to get rid of them? I tried sending multiple feedback requests to google but no luck so far…

    Thanks again

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